Showing posts with label halloween crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween crafts. Show all posts

Sep 2, 2015


Here is my latest Fall creation. A burlap "Punkin" bag with lights and Punkin' Spoons.
I started out with some plain, burlap bags approximately 12"x8" like this:


Then I got out my PUMPKIN stencil I bought from eBay and some cinnamonish orange paint and burnt umber (not shown) and black. I also used a makeup sponge, not shown, to dab the paint into the stencils.

Make sure to get the excess paint off your sponge before you start dabbing.
The burlap really takes the paint great!

Way better than I first thought it would.

Notice I lifted my stencil and rearranged the letters to get the "N" instead of going on with the "M."
That is because I wanted to spell out "PUNKINS" instead of "PUMPKINS."  It's just what we call'em round' here.  
If you do this too, just try to realign your stencil best you can to finish off the word.

Next, I also stenciled on a star in the right hand top.
And then the lower left hand corner I free handed a punkin'.

I also wrote 5cents inside the punkin'. Sorry it's hard to see with that twig of grapevine in my way.

And now to I started to think what I could put inside it to hold it good upright. I know chicken wire would do great, but I don't have any left.  So I thought about sitting a large Mason Jar inside it. And it'd also act like a vase.

Yep, working.

Now I just need to add some more cuteness to it.

I had some plastic gourds and such from last years decorating.
And then I thought I'd throw in some of my 

They stick up great thanks to the jar inside!

Okay, so now I think they are ready to get some lights.

And here is a shot of it with the flash off. Sorry, it doesn't show up too good.

But here you can see it pretty good, even with the flash on.
I just love it.
I also stuck a fall themed sprig of pip berry in it.

*NOTE: I had to remove my jar because my strand of lights was too big.
But if you don't plan on using lights, you can still use the Mason Jar as a good holder inside.
Still in the burlap bag mode, I went ahead and did another one below:

With this next cute burlap bag, I must say I cheated a little. 
I ordered a few pre-stamped bags, with the HOLBERTS HOG and some others, (previous post) size 12"x8", to see how they were going to turn out as bags. They already had the designs on the front but the ones above, in PUNKIN theme, I did myself.
Here  are the pre-stamped, HOLBERTS HOG burlap bags flat when I got them:

They were open ended on one end. All I had to do was 
-stuff them. Hum, but with what this time? Last time I used papers.  But this time I wanted to use lights to make them more interesting! 
 Just stuff a strand in. I used a white strand left over from Christmas decorating.
Just kinda push it in so that it'll look like a bag of something sitting there.

Here it is again,

And here is my all time favorite view of it with the flash off on the camera.

See, I just threw the lights in, kinda in a wad, and let them fall where they will.
And I left the plug in hanging out the top back. You can see it over to the right of this pic, where I have a plug in strip behind it.

Okay, so that's all I better post today, as I don't want to bore you with my burlap love too much!

I have about 10 different designs listed in my eBay shop. If you are interested, stop in and look around.
See ya'll next time!

Aug 12, 2015



I am finally getting around to sharing how I made these
I actually made them in 2012 and have yet to share them!

I bought 2 bags of those jewel looking marbles at the Dollar Mart for $1.00 each. 
I got a bag of both sizes, the large and small.
They are by the candles and such. They are great for these because they have a side that 
is flat but the other side is bubbly looking. They are like a cabochon (shaped, polished gemstone with a flat side basically,) but a super cheap version made of glass.

For the Halloween marble magnets, I went with the smaller sizes though.

For images to use, I went to Etsy and found a collage sheet by , for only $2.99 available in the 1 inch size I needed.  They are adorable and she allows for personal and small business commercial use. So they were just what I needed.
For the exact images I purchased, click here.

Then I got all my stuff ready to go. Here is what I needed:
I have a round, 1" hole punch that I got from eBay to punch out the Halloween images easily.
Some E-6000 glue from Walmart
some round magnets, size .75" in a pack of 50 also from Walmart
(I didn't use any of the roll of magnet sheets over to the left)

After punching out the Halloween images with my hole punch, I just laid it all out on some wax paper.  Dabbed a bit of E-6000 glue onto each image, and then quickly pressed the glass marble down. Press hard enough that the image is fully covered with the E-6000 glue. The glue is great that it doesn't hurt the image colors at all!

And then after that all dries and cures for a few hours, I just went back and glued on the round magnets. 

It just takes a little bit of the E-6000 and these are pretty strong magnets. (Unlike the strips!)
In fact, I don't think I will every buy the strips of magnets again. Their hold sucks on almost everything.

And then there you have it.

Please ignore my "Body Jewelry" bags. They were all I had on hand at the moment. But I did go back and add a paper topper to cover up the saying.

These .75" magnets are the perfect size for these smaller glass marbles!

I put 4 each in a bag and just priced them for a $1.00 a bag.
I think that is a great grab and go item for passerbys looking for a cheap gift or keepsake.

If you look close, in the lower left handed corner, I also used some cute kitten images. I also bought them from ETSY from a great shop called  PrintMarksTheSpot.  I figured I may need a variety in case some people didn't want just Halloween marble magnets.

This was a really fun and cheap craft to make and sell.
It's about time to make some more!

Until next time ya'll, have a good'en!

Aug 7, 2015

Primitive Wooden Pumpkins Pumpkin Boards

Primitive Wooden Pumpkins

Here are some cute "Pumpkin Boards" as my Aunt Marlene calls them, that I made for decorations a few years back.  And I just ran across them on my pc and realized I've never shared them.

I made them out of some left over boards that we had from a remodel. 

The boards are not thick, maybe about a half inch or less and they are pine.
Pine is great for crafts because it is very lightweight.

I started with the long boards and just free handed some cuts to make kinda in the shape of notches.

And then at the top, shaped it off with a pumpkin type stem.  And then I cut out those marks with a jigsaw.
I painted the the boards a cinnamon orange in flat. I love this color.
It is an outdoor paint too, so it will be fine to sit beside a door in by the drive.

After I let the paint dry, I took some very rough grit sandpaper and sanded all the notches and sides to give the pumpkin a worn look.

And notice the little wooden star I attached with glue?
I just kinda freehanded a star shape onto some very thin plywood board we had. This is the type of board that is meant to go down on floors before linoleum. I think it's called lieu-on or something of the such.  It's very cheap and is available at Lowes.

And then on a few of them, I thought that maybe stenciling a star on would be way easier and faster.

And it was! Shew.

On a few of them, while I had my stencils out, I also used the checkerboard pattern to dress them up a bit.

And then on a few, by the stems, I took a piece of twine, the kind in the garden section, and tied a little bow.

 And then on a few of the others,  I took some sprigs of grapevine garland and kinda twirled it around it.

Oh, one more thing. To make the pumpkin stand up on it's own. I used a square piece of leftover board I had laying around for the large pumpkin. Because it needs the most support. I nailed it up from the bottom into the pumpkin.  And then I took a triangular piece of board I cut with a jigsaw and made a brace, on the back, from that bottom square piece to the back of the pumpkin.

It made it hold very good and stood strong.

On the smaller pumpkin I didn't put the square bottom, but instead just a triangle piece of wood as a stand.  And it worked great.

I wish I had more pics of the process, but I made these a few years ago and I'm just happy I found these.

Hope ya'll liked these wooden pumpkins.
Wouldn't they look cute with some tiny primitive lights strung on them too?

You may also like my related posts:

Snowman & Pumpkin Wooden Spoons
The Pumpkin Signs
Halloween Candles

See ya'll next time!

Sep 5, 2012

Easy HALLOWEEN Candles

Want to make some cute, Halloween themed candles?
These would be very cute just sitting around to spruce the spooky feel!

All you need to start with is some plain white votives.  I got mine by the case at Big Lots.
I bought a pack of 24 votive sized candles at the local Big Lots for around $6.00.
This is what they looked like before.

These orange themed ones stemmed from my previous post, Ghost Candles

Once I got started making ghost faces on the white ones, I just had so many other ideas for them. Pumpkin faces, cat silhouettes, ghosts in a moon, the list goes on and on so I had to make more.

Then I painted some of them a base color of orange. 
I chose cinnamon color but it came out way more bright than I thought, which was okay. Left some white also, for the ghosts faces. 

Next I google'd "pumpkin faces" and choose images, so I'd have an idea of what some looked like to draw. Painted them on with basic black craft paint.

And then, here's where I got a little different with them. 
Instead of simply sealing them with a paint on sealer, I thought it'd be cool to set the faces in wax. 

Well, I keep a candle melted on my candle warmer at all times. I use it almost daily. It happens to be a yellowish-brown color, flavored butter-rum. (For the white ghosts at top, I used a plain white melted candle to dip them in.)

So I dipped each candle down in it, kinda quick, so that the paint wouldn't melt away from the hot wax. 
Then set them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. And that's it.

Oh, if you have noticed the grubby candle with the eyes, I simply grubbied it up a bit with some melted wax and cinnamon. Dipped that in the wax to set. Then continued on with painting the face and re-dipping him.

And then after they all dried, which they kinda quickly do, here is how I package them up.

I put them down in a small plastic bag and add a piece of cut brown paper. (Sometimes I cut up the brown wrapping paper or brown bags for this.)  And then use those printable re-turn address labels for a price tag.

And here is a little box crate of them all ready to go into my booth for sale.

Don't forget to check out my Ghost Candles for more pics!
And if you're interested, I made some Halloween Themed Wooden Spoons to display in Mason Jars also found here!
 Click here for Halloween Wooden Spoons

See ya'll next time!